Spelling is important!

Love the video. But you might want to have a word with whoever did your subtitles @Dan_Huel - I don’t think “bare with me” is quite what you meant.
Unless Huel are preparing us for a much more risqué advertising campaign :wink:


Hey Carly, thanks, saw your message on Facebook too. I honestly google it every time, why is it a :bear:? Never really got it! :stuck_out_tongue:

Will note for future, but I imagine you are one of the only people that noticed.

No, all us grammar nazis were polishing our boots when we saw that! It’s not bear as in :bear:, it’s bear as in tolerate or carry. The only meaning of bare is naked or unadorned, it’s the other one that has quite a few meanings.

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I’m a pedant - what can I say? Plus I also found the unintentional meaning quite funny. It also meant I was humming “Bare Necessities” from Jungle Book all evening.

But on a more serious note, I tend to think that if a company wants their potential customers to listen to their marketing and advertising messages then it’s important to get basic spelling and grammar correct. Simple errors like that will undermine your credibility with a certain type of customer. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking basic mistakes reflect badly on a company and undermine their image and perceived level of professionalism.

Plus I’m an English Literature and Linguistics graduate so the level of simple spelling and grammar mistakes on the internet in general offends me. :joy:
Some you see all the time:
lose vs. loose - really you don’t want to loose weight.
breath vs breathe - seems hardly anyone knows the difference.
their vs. there vs. they’re - have they stopped teaching this stuff in school?

I could rant on for hours about this. It’s especially annoying given so many devices and applications have built in spellcheckers.


I bet you read through that last post a couple of times before sending it? :blush:


Thank you for the feedback.

Did you like the video content, despite my heinous error in proof reading?

I noticed it too…bare/bear is one of the most common errors I see, alongside their there they’re. I actually mentioned it in a previous thread which I can’t be arsed to look up.

Nothing grind’s my gear’s more than the misuse of apostrophe’s!!!

The company I used to work for was relentless. Neither my direct manager or any of the managers above seemed to have the first clue about apostrophes. They would mail out messages to all staff (often using cc instead of bcc) purporting to come from the Supported Living Deputy’s. “Supported Living Deputy’s what?” I would always rant internally. All their policies and procedures documents were riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes too. So glad I’ve finally moved on. Too soon to say if it will be the same here yet, only been in the new job just under two week’s. :wink:


I started a list of the funniest mistakes I came across on the net a while ago. Off hand I can only remember “I like Sam Harris by enlarge” and “pain staking research”. :laughing:


My best example was our Head of Office Products who claimed he was responsible for the stationary sector. I asked him how long it had been stopped for which confused the hell out of him. :joy:

I was nice enough to tell him that the easiest way to remember which spelling to use was that stationery has an ‘e’ like envelope which is a stationery item.

I’m with you entirely on apostrophes. We use a lot of TLAs at our company and it irritates me how many people chuck in an apostrophe for the plural version because “it doesn’t look right otherwise”. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve corrected KPI’s on presentation decks.

I have to admit though I’ve given up trying to explain the difference between affect and effect as so many people struggle with it.


BTW if you want an easy way to remember the difference use bare if you mean naked or minimal, by thinking of arse as in bare-arsed naked. The letter order is the same. Otherwise use bear.
Use bear if you are referring to something burdensome or heavy as in “Being a spelling pedant is my cross to bear.”, as a :bear: is great at lifting heavy stuff - simples!


I run a small company with two other guys, one of which is heavily dyslexic and we lean VERY heavily into it. You guys would hate us, hahah.

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When I worked in Finance, we had a rota for all managerial staff to sign off the large transfers and payments. The rota was labelled “singing duty” for months until I replied to the email one day and said “do I really have to sing again?? I’m not very good”.
No one else had even noticed the spelling error which made me wonder whether they would notice a transposition error either, which is a pretty critical part of the job


My 3 favourite things are eating my family and not using commas :wink:


Dont worry there are plenty of dyslexic people like me who think things like this arent remotely important :slight_smile:


This is spelled pretty well for a dyslexic person… I’m suspicious of you…

[suspicious eyes]

I have the official paper work and stuff for those all important extra 20% minutes in an exam if you want to see. Oh and have a spell check, without that i can’t actual hand write anything more than a few words. Honestly though it does make me really laugh when I hear that spelling and gramma mistakes cause so much pain for people. Actually makes me happy in a slightly evil way.


Ha, the level of Dyslexia my one friend has, spellcheck just screws him over at every turn, he got a new computer once and none of us could understand what he was trying to say because spellcheck was trying to say something completely different :stuck_out_tongue:

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Why is the screenshot of an unrelevant pair of speech bubbles?

I give this post 5/10, needs work.


That emoticon has pie charts for eyes. It gives me a (tenuous) excuse to post this: